This class was tough.
This class was very challenging and required a lot of outside time for studying and practicing. While it was quite time consuming, I still recommend this class for anyone interested in the sciences. This course was different from any other chemistry class I have completed. It required creativity and imaginative thinking instead of just reading and regurgitating information. This course does require some memorization of reactions, but this is not the main focus. We primarily focused on the synthesis of complex molecules. Learning how to make these molecules was incredibly interesting because the use of these skills is seen in almost all products we use.
I learned countless reactions and how molecules interact in specific conditions. I learned mechanisms to synthesize large molecules. The most interesting part of this course was learning how to synthesize common molecules found in prescription medications or plastics. The professor was energetic and passionate about the subject, making it easy for me to become interested in the information.
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Advice for students:
After each lecture, return to your notes for a half of an hour to become more familiar with the reactions. If you leave all of the studying to the week before the test, there will be so much to memorize and learn. Study each week, even if the exam is weeks away. Do not memorize each reaction; try to understand the mechanism and flow of the electrons. Finding patterns that reoccur and grouping reactions according to these patterns lessens the amount of memorization as well. Also, go to office hours if you are confused! Dr. Joe is always willing to help and makes the information extremely clear. Do the extra credit assignments! you'll need these extra points on the exams